December 17, 2018

2:00 pm

NJ Becomes First State To Ban Elephants In Traveling Acts

Last week, New Jersey passed history-making legislation and because the first state in the USA with a ban on the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts. The law was primarily targeted at circuses, which have a long history of animal abuse and neglect, but it will also impact traveling fairs and the like.

“New Jersey is the first state to protect wild animals from the abuses inherent in traveling shows,” Brian Hackett, the New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement.

Nosey's law, named after a 36-year-old African elephant that had been used and abused in a traveling circus, had broad bipartisan support in the state legislature.

It was signed into law by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Friday.